ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS NEAR THE VILLAGE OF NOVOSEL (Stoicho Bonev – Stoi40_50@abv.bg, Stela Doncheva) Two metallurgical production complexes of the 10th century were discovered during the previous archaeological excavations: production complex I with three workshops and production complex II with one workshop discovered. The explorations of workshop No. 4, situated in production complex I that was 20.80 m long, continued. One of the walls was constructed of vertical wooden planks or beams, supported by stones arranged in a few courses from both sides. A second workshop was documented in production complex II. A metallurgical furnace, 1 m in diameter, probably beehive, was situated in the northern part of the workshop. Its walls, 30 – 40 cm wide, were constructed of stones and were preserved at 20 cm in height. The opening of the furnace was 30 cm wide. Charcoal, ash and animal bones were discovered inside the furnace and in front of it. A pit, 1 m in diameter and 20 cm in depth, was discovered at 2 m in front of the opening of the furnace. The pit was used to collect the waste from the burning and was filled with charcoal, ash and fragments of melting pots. Waste from the burning was also discovered as a layer, 15 – 20 cm thick, spread over the entire floor of the workshop. The finds included sherds of the 10th century, fragments of melting pots, a bone awl, an iron ring, about dozen metal decorations (mostly bronze appliqués), and bones from domestic and wild animals.
- Stoicho Bonev - Shumen Branch of the Archaeological Institute and Museum
- Stela Doncheva - Regional Museum of History – Shumen
- Regional Museum of History – Shumen
- Shumen Branch of the Archaeological Institute and Museum